Forecast: One more day of sun and heat before storms again threaten Tampa Bay

Highs will again be well above normal before clouds and potential thunderstorms bring a bit of cooling on Thursday.
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Published May 1
Updated May 1

The Tampa Bay area is due for one more day of high temps and sun before a few days of cloud cover and rain cool things slightly.

Temperatures will again hit 90 on Wednesday. Tuesday saw a high of 91, which is much closer to 2017's record-setting 95 degrees than the 84-degree normal. Sun will dominate the day, but there's a small chance for some afternoon showers. Skies should clear again into the evening. The temperature should dip to 85 for sunset and 8:04 p.m. and hover around 70 in the overnight.

A high pressure system has been in place over the region, the National Weather Service said, keeping clouds and moisture away and letting things heat up a bit over the last few days. That changes Thursday, however, as an upper level, low-pressure system makes its way toward Florida from the Bahamas, where it's been hanging out most of the week. The minor disturbance is should push back into the Atlantic on Friday.

The National Hurricane Center has given the system a 20 percent chance of further development over the next five days as it turns northeast into the Atlantic and off the Carolina coast.

While it's here, the system is expected to bring much higher chances of rain to the southern and central portions of the state on Thursday and Friday, but chances lessen as you get further west. Forecasters said there's a 30 percent chance of rain and storms Thursday and 20 percent chance Friday for areas around Tampa and St. Petersburg. The chances are higher in eastern Hillsborough as you get to Plant City and Polk County, where the chances are about 60 percent Thursday and 50 percent Friday.

Aside from some potential street flooding, forecasters said the system shouldn't bring severe weather or much cause for concern.

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Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts.

 

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